If you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, or if you’ve recently moved into a home where the bathrooms need a bit of work, with the help of Wyoming Storage Units, we’ve compiled a list of all the areas you’ll want to pay attention to. These are typically the places that get looked over when you’re giving your bathroom a weekly or monthly wipe-down, but if you’ll spend a little time on these areas, it can make even an older bathroom shine!
Dust lights and shelves
Just like when washing a car, it’s always best to start at the top! Spend some time dusting the top corners of your bathroom, the light fixtures, and any open shelving you may have. Replace any light bulbs that have burned out in the fixtures.
Wipe out closet shelves, cabinets, and drawers
Take everything out of your closets, cabinets, and drawers so you can purge and organize, and also so you can wipe out those areas. It may be a good idea to vacuum out the drawers first, if they are filled with lots of dust and hair.
Wipe all crown molding and baseboards
Now’s the time to focus on all the trim in the bathroom. Any crown molding can be dusted and wiped clean first, then focus on things like window ledges and doorways, and lastly finish with the baseboards. If any of the trim is stained, dingy, or scuffed, now would be a great time to touch it up with a little trim paint.
Clean out drains
It never hurts to give your drains a good cleaning before moving in or out, and sometimes even the harsh chemicals in drain cleaners can’t take care of massive amounts of hair. There are lots of products on the market for removing hair from your drain–we’ve personally had good success using this $2.50 plastic hair remover from Home Depot. We noticed an immediate difference in the draining once we used it!
Cleaning the grout
Grout is one of those things that you may not notice has gotten dingy over time, but once you clean a small spot of it, you’ll love seeing the results! Many people have had success with staining their grout a darker color, which is a popular thing to do right now, but there are also various ways to whiten grout if you prefer a lighter color. Bleach, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide are all popular ingredients in some of the most well-known grout cleaners. Others swear by a lesser known product, LA’s Totally Awesome, which is sold at many dollar stores.
Rid the faucets of buildup
It’s cheap and easy to rid your faucets of calcium and lime build-up, with just some plain white vinegar, plastic bags, and rubber bands. Simply fill the bags with vinegar and lift them to the faucet head so the head is submerged in the vinegar. Rubberband the bag into place and leave for several hours. Once you remove the bag of vinegar, use a toothbrush or other stiff brush to scrub the faucet.
Cutting away moldy caulk and resealing it
Moldy caulking can be a definite turn-off when contemplating a relaxing soak in the tub. A razor makes it easy to cut away old moldy caulking, and you can recaulk around your tub or shower in just an hour. It’s a little job that makes a huge difference in the overall appearance of your bathroom.
Care for counters (especially granite)
Depending on the type of bathroom counters you have, and how you’ve been cleaning them, you may need to spend a little extra time removing stains or resealing granite to get them back to looking great. Here’s a great article on the different ways to care for and remove stains from countertop materials.
Tighten screws on doors, drawers, and toilet lid
If your cabinet doors won’t stay shut or are crooked, they may be in need of some tightening. While you’re at it, check the screws on the toilet seats to make sure that everything is tight and working well.
Disinfect or replace the shower curtain
Shower curtains can get pretty nasty–it’s quick to replace the inner curtain, which we recommend doing if you’re moving into a new house. We prefer the fabric liner to the plastic ones, and they are easily thrown into the washer with bleach to disinfect them periodically.
This may seem like a lot of work to spend on a bathroom, but it can be done pretty quickly in such a small room! It will make your home look clean and taken care of to potential buyers, or it will get a new house ready to live in!
A storage unit could be a big help in the moving process–as a place to store things while you’re showing your house, while you’re in temporary housing, or while you’re trying to get renovations done in your new home. Give us at Self Assured Storage a call today to see how we can help make this move stress-free and successful!